Located downwards the famous Galata Tower, in the Karakoy neighborhood of the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the Saint Pierre Catholic Church was built in the years between 1841-1843 by the Swiss architect Gaspare Fossati. The Dominican-built church is also known as St.Peter Church or Church of Sts Peter & Paul.
The Dominican priests of Galata had first built a church in 1228, on the site of today’s Arab Mosque, but after the seizure of the Dominicans, the church moved here, further uphill from its old location.
The churches that were previously built on the site were wooden ones and destroyed by the fires on the 16th and 17th centuries, and so reconstructed again in 1841 with today’s stone building.
With its Basilica style and four-sided altar, the rear walls of the church are built within a section of the old Genoese walls of Galata.
The façade on the east and west axis is built very plain. The interior is very dynamic when compared to the exterior.
The building has a single-nave naos and has a barrel vault system. In addition to the neoclassical elements in the structure, neo-baroque draws attention in details.
Italian rituals are held every morning in the church.